I can see the pitch for this book now…
(Author walks into a room. Sitting at a desk in a large leather office chair sits a skeptical publisher)
Publisher: An entire book about things that have venom? Sorry, but I don’t think you’ve got the makings of book here.
Author: There are more venomous animals than most people realize, I think.
Publisher: (Slightly Annoyed) Right, snakes. Look, we have enough snake books at the moment. If you don’t mind, I’m very busy now-
Author: Wait! There are more. There’s snakes, sure, but there’s also spiders and frogs and –
Publisher: Okay, so there are three animals. Still, it seems like a stretch.
Author: And bees, and salamanders, and –
Publisher: Hmm. I guess I never thought of those other ones.
Author: And ants, and scorpions, and –
Publisher: Alright! I was wrong. It seems that there are a ton of animals that kids find fascinating, that also happen to be deadly. You got me. Tell me more.
Author: Here’s what I’m thinking: tons of quality information, plenty of color photos of the venomous animals in action, and a healthy dollop of weird/crazy sidebar stories to grab readers’ attention. What do you think?
Publisher: Yes, Yes, it’s genius! Those pesky reluctant readers will love it for the exotic animals, exciting pictures, and crazy facts. Teachers will love it for the high quality information. I think that we’ve got a hit on our hands! A quality non-fiction selection if I’ve ever seen one.
Author: (Polishing fingernails on shirt) You’re welcome.
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